New free mobile phone GPS locator service

 
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seaeagle



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2007 4:07 am    Post subject: New free mobile phone GPS locator service

It's amazing what modern technology can do:

Mobile phone tracking
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GSM mobile phone tracking system via the GPS-TRACK satellite network

Based on repeater triangulation, the system tracks mobile phones using GPS and GSM technology

We are not responsible for possible tracking errors that may occur

Approximate margin of error:

10 meters (max.) for mobile phones in Europe and the U.K.
25 meters (max.) for mobile phones in the U.S.A., South America and Canada.
50 meters (max.) for mobile phones elsewhere.
This system will not work in countries without GSM technology networks.

Just enter the country the mobile phone is located in & it's number, and hit the search button.
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zlim



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2007 8:20 pm    Post subject:

Years ago (could have been in 1995), my husband and I had our first tire blowout ever on a deserted stretch of interstate 40 somewhere in North Carolina. We called AAA (Am. Auto Assn) on our analog bag phone. They were able to locate us by triangulation and sent a wrecker from the closest town - 15 miles away. I guess the only difference between then and now is then you needed to initiate a phone call so you could be located and now whenever your phone is switched on you can be tracked via the chip in the phone.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2007 4:54 pm    Post subject: [Login to view extended thread Info.]

Last year, I tried to reactivate an older cell phone that had been laying in a drawer for several months. The guy at Radio Shack, where I originally bought the phone, told me he would be fined $5000 for activating that old phone and of course, refused to do it. Crying or Very sad

For some time now, it's illegal to activate a cell phone that does not have the new GPS positioning capability built in. I guess it can't be added to older phones either.

That's here in the good ol' US of A.
How things work, Down Under, I haven't a clue.

SeaEagle, what's the law say about that in the AU?

Chado!
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Werebo



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2007 7:15 pm    Post subject: [Login to view extended thread Info.]

I tried the site using my own mobile phone and it's a joke site. A very impressive screen came up with a B + W satellite image of somewhere, this zoomed in to show a couple kissing on sunbeds Laughing

All this with the phone in my hand and sat at my PC desk in my livingroom....
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seaeagle



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2007 7:39 pm    Post subject: [Login to view extended thread Info.]

I'm surprised it took someone so long to post back that it's a joke site Laughing

Shadow: As far as I'm aware we don't have a GPS requirement for our mobile phones. I was given an old handset a few months ago - I'll let you know when I get a new SIM card & activate it.
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zlim



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 12:18 am    Post subject: [Login to view extended thread Info.]

TheShadow, new law since Nov. 2006. Phones can be unlocked.
http://www.insidebayarea.com/oaklandtribune/localnews/ci_5548216
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The U.S. Copyright Office approved the technology that unlocks cell phones in November, allowing customers to switch phone services but keep the same phone.
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seaeagle



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 8:18 am    Post subject: [Login to view extended thread Info.]

I think that's something different to GPS zlim. You're talking about number portability where a phone number can be transferred across to another network. Down here an example would be a Telstra mobile customer changing over to the Optus network and being able to keep the same number.

All GSM mobile phones have an International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number (like a serial number) that is transmitted along with the SIM number when a phone is active. If a mobile phone is stolen or mislaid, the IMEI can be "banned", meaning that even if a different SIM is placed in the phone, it still won't connect to the network. Tracking of mobile phones can be done via the SIM or the IMEI. That is done by triangulating network base stations (see below). You can find a couple of good explanations at these 2 links: What is triangulation? - a definition from Whatis.com & Triangulation method of location cell phones.


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GPS is the next step. Built into each modern phone is a GPS locator. So, by using the GPS locator instead of the SIM or IMEI, the phone can be more accurately traced to within a few metres of it's actual location.
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zlim



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 6:49 pm    Post subject: [Login to view extended thread Info.]

seaeagle, my response was to TheShadow's were he said a guy could get fined $5,000 for re-activating a phone. Phones here are tied to a specific cellphone service and it used to be a criminal act to unlock a cellphone so you could use it with a different cellphone provider. I'm not talking number portability, I'm talking about cell phone companies here not allowing you to use a cellphone that you want to use with a different service.

If you want to use the iPhone from Apple when it comes out, you have to sign up with Cingular/AT&T which is not a good cellphone carrier in my part of the US. If I want very few dropped calls, I'd have to go with Verizon (again for my part of the US). I had Cingular, then AT&T, then Bell Mobile (pre-Verizon days), finally a local company because the price was great @ $5/month! Each company required me to buy a phone from their product line.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2007 3:29 pm    Post subject: [Login to view extended thread Info.]

But, my post had nothing to do with jumping companies.
I took the phone back to Radio Shack where I bought it. I just wanted to reactivate it with the company I bought it from.

Because of the old technology in that phone that did not include the new GPS locater, it is Illegal to reactivate that phone. Not just with that one company, but with any company in the US.

In other words, It's Illegal to operate/activate any cell phone in the US without the GPS locater built in.
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zlim



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2007 4:34 pm    Post subject: [Login to view extended thread Info.]

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It's Illegal to operate/activate any cell phone in the US without the GPS locater built in.
I did not know that - now that scares me.
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goretsky



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2007 8:34 am    Post subject: Re: New free mobile phone GPS locator service [Login to view extended thread Info.]

Hello,

Only a small number of phones have GPS modules in then, and the kind that do tend to be rather expensive PDA hybrid devices.

I suspect the Radio Shack employee who told you this either had incorrect information or was trying to make a sale. You may wish to try contacting a cellular provider directly. Assuming the cellular phone works on their network, I am sure they would be happy to sell you a service package.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2007 3:02 pm    Post subject: Re: New free mobile phone GPS locator service [Login to view extended thread Info.]

I doubt a Radio Shack employee would stand there in the presence of his manager and lie to me.

Well, anyway I've got a very nice little Motorola Flip Phone from Net-10.
It's a Pre-Pay phone and the rates are really cheap. Cute little phone too. Wink

Cheers,
Shadow Cool
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goretsky



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2007 7:24 am    Post subject: Re: New free mobile phone GPS locator service [Login to view extended thread Info.]

Hello,

This is such an interesting question that I sent an email to the general inquiry address at the Federal Communications Commission to ask about it.

If I get a reply, I will be sure to let you know.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky
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wlanguide



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 21, 2010 1:56 pm    Post subject: [Login to view extended thread Info.]

This is totally BS, it does not work at all!!

I finally find this cell phone tracking software cellphonetrackers.org/best-free-cell-phone-tracker-software-glympse.html and it's free!!

Hope it helps.
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wlanguide



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 21, 2010 2:15 pm    Post subject: [Login to view extended thread Info.]

It does not work at all, just a joke.
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